Hi there! Danni here, back with another fun layout using Legendary. You know we all LOVE stars over here at Cocoa Vanilla and I have been eyeing off the large star die cuts from the die cut ephemera for quite a while now. For this layout I decided to go sequin-happy and make some shaker embellishments!

I took four of the large star die cuts with the negative space in the centres to make my shakers, they were just absolutely perfect for this. To make the shakers, I adhered a layer of vellum behind the die cut for the largest stars and acetate for the smaller ones (just for some variation, you could use either). I then added a layer of adhesive foam around the edge, filled the space inside with sequins and glued another layer of vellum behind to keep it all together. Ta da! Instant shaker embellishments.

Next I went to work on my background. I laid down some white gesso on the grey side of All Star patterned paper, then went in with a combination of distress oxide inks, watercolours, pearl watercolours and spray inks in several different shades of blue, using the packaging technique to create lots of messy inky goodness. To finish off the background I added a generous splattering of acrylic ink in a bright metallic silver.

To mat my photo I used Offbeat, Outdoors Type and Wild One patterned papers in several layers, using up some of my scraps from previous layouts. I can’t stand to waste a single of piece of the gorgeous paper in this collection! I positioned my photo in the centre of my mixed media background and arranged the shaker stars around it, adding in lots of fussy cut stars from All Star patterned paper to fill in the gaps.

For my title I chose the words ‘Super Star’ from the die cut titles and machine stitched them onto the background, running it through back and forth several times with white thread for lots of texture. I added in some tiny stars from the clear stickers on top of my photo and in the centre of the large shakers for a bit of extra something!

Next I dug into the accessory stickers, choosing a label for the date and a couple of tiny word stickers at the bottom of my photo to help anchor it. I included a few lines of handwritten journaling to the right of my photo following the diagonal of my title, then added a sprinkle of enamel dots in three places to add the perfect finishing touch!

I hope you enjoyed this layout as much as I did!  I just love all the little details. There is a process video below if you would like to watch this page come together. Thank you for joining me today!

Danni x


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